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May 24, 2017

Around the nation: Nurses throw impromptu prom for hospitalized teen

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  • Tennessee: When nurses at the children's hospital at TriStar Centennial Medical Center learned that Caroline Reynolds would have to miss her high school's prom because she was in the hospital, they planned one for her—in just 24 hours. Nurse Rachel Searfoss said, "We didn't want her to remember her prom, her junior year, to be stuck in a hospital bed." Reynolds said that she "will definitely remember [the hospital prom] for a long time, or probably forever" (Remadna, WKRN, 5/22).
  • Texas: After 133 years, University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin closed its doors on May 21. The hospital's services are being transferred to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. The new facility is a teaching hospital for the Dell Medical School and is run by Seton Healthcare Family—an Ascension member (Ellison, Becker's Hospital CFO, 5/23).

  • Virginia: The Virginia Health Care Foundation on Monday announced a two-year, $1.5 million program to help uninsured residents and those with little medical care access mental health services. The Beyond Blue initiative seeks to increase the number of psychiatric nurse practitioners in the state treating depression in diabetic patients and implementing a trauma-informed care approach, the Associated Press reports. The program will launch this summer (AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/23).

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